Definition of hook noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//hʊk//
    ; NAmE NAmE//hʊk//
    Cricket, Golf, Showing interest
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  1. 1  a curved piece of metal, plastic or wire for hanging things on, catching fish with, etc. a picture/curtain/coat hook a fish hook Hang your towel on the hook. The key was hanging from a hook. Your coat’s hanging on a hook behind the door. Wordfinderbait, bite, dragnet, fishing, fly, hook, line, net, rod, trawl see also boathook
  2. 2(in boxing) a short hard blow that is made with the elbow bent a left hook to the jaw
  3. 3(in cricket and golf) a way of hitting the ball so that it curves sideways instead of going straight ahead See related entries: Cricket, Golf
  4. 4a thing that is used to make people interested in something The images are used as a hook to get children interested in science. Well-chosen quotations can serve as a hook to catch the reader’s interest. See related entries: Showing interest
  5. Word OriginOld English hōc, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch hoek ‘corner, angle, projecting piece of land’, also to German Haken ‘hook’.Idioms using any method you can, even a dishonest one
    get (somebody) off the hook, let somebody off the hook
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    to free yourself or somebody else from a difficult situation or a punishment
    completely What I said was not true, but he fell for it (= believed it) hook, line and sinker. if you leave or take the telephone off the hook, you take the receiver (= the part that you pick up) off the place where it usually rests, so that nobody can call you See related entries: Making calls (usually used in the progressive tenses) (of a telephone) to ring many times The phone has been ringing off the hook with offers of help. (British English, informal) (used especially in orders) to go away
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